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Biofile interview with Trainer Kevin Cunningham

Posted on 01/27/2011

Status:  St. Louis, Missouri-based boxing trainer and manager. Developed Cory Spinks and Devon Alexander into world champions.

First Boxing Memory:  “Ali-Frazier I.”

Boxing Inspirations:  “Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard.”

Greatest Career Moment:  “Devon Alexander winning the WBC championship.”

Most Painful Moment: “Cory Spinks losing to Zab Judah in St. Louis.”

Last Book Read:  “Art of War.”

First Job:  “Kroger grocery store as a stock clerk.”

First Car:  “Olsmobile Omega 1978.”

Current Cars:  “Corvette and Hummer.”

Pre-Fight Feeling:  “I’m checking, double-checking and triple-checking, thinking, making sure I didn’t miss anything in the gameplan. Just running the whole fight through in my mind.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  “Strawberry.”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:  “Watching SportsCenter.”

Favorite Sport Outside Boxing:  “Football.”

Favorite Movie:  “Scarface.”

Favorite TV Show:  “Boardwalk Empire.”

Embarrassing Memory:  “Was the Spinks loss to Judah in St. Louis, that was embarrassing.”

Favorite Boxers To Watch:  “Pernell Whitaker, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.”

Funny Memory:  “Aaron Pryor, when he was trying to get a fight – he showed up at a press conference trying to get a fight with Ray Leonard. It was funny. He was yelling and screaming, I want a fight, give me a fight! [smiles]”

Key For Alexander To Beat Bradley:  “Staying focused, executing the gameplan. And then staying disciplined.”

People Qualities Most Admired:  “I just like genuine people. Genuine people being real.”

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